Radio show ‘You are There! Natives Americans at the First Thanksgiving’ is a new take on the holiday’s origins

Lafayette theater students have been revolutionizing the meaning of theater all semester through a number of pre-recorded Zoom plays and even a musical. Now, they are delivering their message using only their voices through the radio show “You Are There! Native Americans at the first Thanksgiving.” The show premiered on Nov. 5 and is available […]

‘Fraternities are in danger’: Moments of public debate over Greek life from 1857 to today

“Currently, an ‘in’ thing for college students to do is to deprecate fraternities,” wrote a feature writer for The Lafayette. That was 50 years ago. Now, in the fall of 2020, the newest movement to abolish Greek life has begun. This time around, the @abolishgreeklifeatlaf Instagram account, which began on Sept. 8 and has amassed […]

Responses to Student Government’s Greek Life Survey reflect division among students

The future of Greek life in the United States hangs in the balance as colleges across the nation struggle to address the ever-growing controversies stemming from these institutions. Universities such as American, Duke, Tufts and Northeastern are currently exploring reform and abolition, according to Vox. With growing tension on Lafayette’s own campus, Student Government issued […]

Some down, more to go: Student Government works to address demands of Dear Lafayette coalition

The Black-led student coalition Dear Lafayette created a 28-page document last October listing their demands for the college, ranging from a re-evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum to “no additional funding” for Public Safety.  The group, which according to its Instagram page @dearlafayettecollege dedicates itself to “fighting systemic oppression and fascism on College Hill,” made five […]

Athletic department continues work on racial justice initiatives with detailed plan, participation in league-wide commission

The Lafayette athletic department has taken two crucial steps toward fostering a more inclusive and diverse environment for its student-athletes, after calls for racial justice amplified over the late spring and summer.  Earlier this year, Athletic Director Sherryta Freeman and women’s basketball head coach Kia Damon-Olson were named to the newly-formed Patriot League anti-racism committee. […]

Papermaking for a purpose: Jake Hoffner ’20 discusses formation of PardPaper and how it has adapted to the current virtual climate

For Jake Hoffner ’20, papermaking is not only a long-time hobby but also a way to stay connected to his alma mater in a unique and sustainable way. Hoffner began making paper back in high school while looking for DIY science projects to do at home. When he stumbled across papermaking, he found that it […]

After three years of work, Student Government votes to ditch plastic water bottles on campus

Student Government passed a resolution for the Reduction of plastic waste last Thursday, effectively calling for a cessation of the sale and distribution of plastic bottles on campus. Co-written by Lucie Lagodich ’22 and Tessa Landon ’22 of the Sustainability Committee, the resolution, if adopted by the administration, would gradually replace plastic bottles with aluminum […]

Both Lafayette basketball teams will resume play in the spring semester, but Covid-19 concerns remain

The Lafayette women’s and men’s basketball programs will return to the court in 2021, with a shortened, league-only schedule beginning on Jan. 2. The Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed the plan, which is contingent on competition that will “protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities,” according to the press […]

Spring semester start date pushed back two weeks, with reduced spring break scheduled for late March

The spring 2021 semester will be delayed by two weeks, starting on Feb. 8 rather than the original scheduled date of Jan. 25. The school had also been considering an even later start date of Feb. 15 to mitigate the effects of the flu season and to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus once […]

Adam DePaul, Storykeeper and Tribal Council Member of local Lenape Nation, discusses Lenape history and culture

Adam DePaul grew up hearing stories of Indigenous culture from his mother. Now, he has dedicated his life to preserving the history of his ancestors. For the first event of this year’s Native American Heritage Week, the college welcomed DePaul, the Storykeeper and Tribal Council Member of the local Lenape Nation on Monday. The event […]

Two generations of Lafayette swimmers join forces to coach outdoors during the pandemic

Emma Piascik ’21 has been swimming for over 10 years, but in order to stay connected with the sport during the pandemic, she had to get creative. Amidst the craziness of the outbreak, Piascik reconnected with her former high school swimming coach and Lafayette graduate Bill Deatly ’81 in order to stay active during quarantine. […]

Lafayette to welcome new multicultural sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon to campus next spring

In recent months, Greek life at Lafayette was temporarily suspended, witnessed the dissolution of Tri Delta sorority, hosted virtual recruitment for the first time, and contended with a growing social media-based movement to abolish Greek life. All the while, a small group of students have sought to realize their personal vision for a Greek environment […]

Students petition for pass/fail option as semester draws to a close, no word from faculty if this is a possibility

With the end of the semester and final exams right around the corner, a petition calling on the college to implement a pass/fail option for students has garnered more than 600 signatures on change.org. During the spring 2020 semester, the college provided all students the option to take any of their courses pass/fail. However, for […]